The manhunt for a second terror suspect wanted in the Boston Marathon bombings is over after a brief, but tense standoff in Watertown, Mass., Boston police say.
The second suspect has been identified as Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, 19, of Cambridge, Mass., — one of two brothers wanted in Monday’s deadly bombings.
His older brother, Tamerlan Tsarnaev, 26, was killed by police in a gunfight early Friday, but the younger sibling managed to flee on foot, police said earlier.
Boston Police Commissioner Ed Davis said a Watertown homeowner noticed blood on a tarp covering a boat in his backyard on Franklin Street. He called police Friday night after lifting the tarp and seeing a man hiding.
Police flooded the area and there were reports of an exchange of gunfire. Police were also reportedly firing tear gas and ‘flash bangs’ at the boat.
Shortly before 9 p.m. the suspect was apprehended. He was taken by ambulance to a local hospital and Boston police say he’s in serious condition.
News of his arrest was greeted with applause by relieved residents in the usually-quiet Watertown neighbourhood, as well as celebratory tweets by Boston mayor Tom Menino who said, “We got him!” and Boston police who tweeted the following:
CAPTURED!!! The hunt is over. The search is done. The terror is over. And justice has won. Suspect in custody.
— Boston Police Dept. (@Boston_Police) April 20, 2013
At a 9:30 p.m. news conference, FBI special agent in charge of the case, Richard Deslauriers, said: “Today (we) can breathe a sigh of relief…This was truly an intense investigation. Justice is being served for the victims of these terrible crimes.”
Mass., governor Deval Patrick called it “a complicated case, a very challenging case,” and said there were still “questions to be answered.”
President Obama addressed the nation shortly after 10 p.m., saying, “Whatever hateful agenda that drove these men to these heinous acts, cannot and will not prevail…they failed because as Americans we refuse to be terrorized.”
The boat the suspect has reportedly been cornered on. Courtesy Bing.com
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Cambridge resident Emily Greenstein took this photo of police officers on Boson’s Norfolk Street on April 19, 2013.
The teen’s capture ended a sweeping manhunt Friday that saw most of Boston and nearby Watertown locked down.
Emily Greenstein lives in Cambridge and saw the manhunt firsthand. She told CityNews.ca she lives on the same street as Tsarnaev, and her condo was evacuated on Friday.
Earlier in the morning, she saw enforcement officers dragging two people, a man and a woman, from the alleged suspect’s home at 410 Norfolk St.
Around 8 a.m., the FBI agents told her and other residents in her 19-unit, three-storey building to leave. Greenstein is now at a friend’s house.
Christopher Brigham lives on Boylston Street in Watertown with his wife and their two-year-old son. He told CityNews.ca they received an automated call around 2 a.m. on Friday warning them of the lockdown.
The family had signed up for the calls so they would know about school closures.
“It’s very quiet,” he said, of Watertown. “I never would have dreamed this would happen.”
Boston police say they have apprehended Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, 19, considered a suspect in the Boston Marathon bombings. BOSTON POLICE.
The suspects’ father, Anzor Tsarnaev, told CNN he believes his boys are innocent.
“Someone framed them,” he said through an interpreter. “I don’t know exactly who did it, but someone did. And being cowards, they shot the boy dead.”
“Those are my kids. I’m afraid for my other boy too. Maybe he will be shot dead too. They will say, ‘Well he had weapons.’ Kids with weapons?”
But the uncle of the suspects, Ruslan Tsarni, had harsh words for his nephews.
“I am shamed by their actions,” Tsarni said outside his home in Montgomery Village, Maryland. “The only thing that is behind this, is being losers!” he added.
Tsarni praised America, calling it the “ideal” country where “everybody is treated as a human being.”
Police were searching for a grey Honda CRV, tweeting a mock-up of the vehicle’s licence plate. The vehicle was found, unoccupied, around 10:45 a.m. Friday. The car was being processed for evidence, Boston police said.
Closer to Toronto, New York state police stopped a car at the Niagara Falls, N.Y., border and detained two men.
Their car had Massachusetts licence plates, local news channel WIVB reported. No arrests have been made.
New York state police investigate after a car with Massachusetts plates approached the Niagara Falls border on April 19, 2013. Courtesy of WIVB.
Prime Minster Stephen Harper praised American authorities for their “rapid action” at a news conference Friday.
“Canada, of course, always stands ready to assist our American friends. Let me repeat our condolences to all the friends and families of the victims,” he said.
Police officer killed, second officer injured
The two suspects allegedly killed a Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) police officer late Thursday. Sean Collier, 26, was found shot dead in his vehicle at the college.
Police officer Sean Collier, 26, was killed on the MIT campus on April 19, 2013. MIDDLESEX COUNTY DISTRICT ATTORNEY.
Collier, of Somerville, Mass., became an officer with MIT police in January 2012. Before that, he was a civilian employee with the Somerville Police Department, the Middlesex District Attorney’s office said.
The men then allegedly hijacked a car at gunpoint but did not injure the driver.
Police pursued the stolen car and during the chase, the men reportedly threw explosive devices at police. One officer was severely wounded during the pursuit and one suspect — believed to be Tamerlan Tsarnaev — was killed.
Massachusetts Bay Transit Authority Police identified the injured officer as Richard H. Donohue. Donohue, 33, is a three-year veteran of the force. He is currently undergoing surgery, officials said.
Monday’s bombings killed three people and wounded more than 170. Lingzi Lu, a graduate student in mathematics, eight-year-old Martin Richard and Krystle Campbell, 29, all died in the blasts.
Campbell’s family said Friday that she would be laid to rest on Monday. The family has set up the Krystle M. Campbell Memorial Fund in her honour, asking people to make contributions in lieu of flowers.
Boston University has set up a scholarship in memory of Lu. Click here for more information.
With files from Reuters